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Naples Bespoke Tailors

jonathanS

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Yes. I’m a consultant and I charge different rates for different clients for all sorts of reasons. This really isn’t uncommon.
Sure. Totally agree there. Every project is different. But now you’re trying to move the goalpost.

A suit is a suit. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re from Naples, Milan, or Geneva. So long as you’re visiting Naples, you should pay the same price.

That would be like charging a client a different price if they’re white vs. Asian vs. black vs. Mexican vs. Jewish.
 

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Sure. Totally agree there. Every project is different. But now you’re trying to move the goalpost.

A suit is a suit. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re from Naples, Milan, or Geneva. So long as you’re visiting Naples, you should pay the same price.

That would be like charging a client a different price if they’re white vs. Asian vs. black vs. Mexican vs. Jewish.
let’s say I’m doing exact same project, exact same scope of work. If it’s a client I think will be a pain to deal with, doesn’t have a clear vision or isn’t likely to become a regular client, I will charge more because I need to make it worth my while since I know it’s not likely to be an ongoing relationship or is going to cause me headaches. If I’m going to have to travel for the project I’ll raise my cost as well because flights and hotels aren’t free.

I’ve got no problem with a Neapolitan tailor saying “this guy lives down the street, he’s probably easy to deal with and he’ll probably come back and I can reuse the pattern and fittings” and charging less than the one random customer who flew in from wherever to try a suit and may never be back.
 

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Sure. Totally agree there. Every project is different. But now you’re trying to move the goalpost.
Every project is different like every body is different. If this bothers you that much you have 2 choices. Stop buying from those tailors or move to Naples.
 

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let’s say I’m doing exact same project, exact same scope of work. If it’s a client I think will be a pain to deal with, doesn’t have a clear vision or isn’t likely to become a regular client, I will charge more because I need to make it worth my while since I know it’s not likely to be an ongoing relationship or is going to cause me headaches. If I’m going to have to travel for the project I’ll raise my cost as well because flights and hotels aren’t free.

I’ve got no problem with a Neapolitan tailor saying “this guy lives down the street, he’s probably easy to deal with and he’ll probably come back and I can reuse the pattern and fittings” and charging less than the one random customer who flew in from wherever to try a suit and may never be back.
I add 20% whenever I work with a certain client because they are such a pain to work with.
 

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let’s say I’m doing exact same project, exact same scope of work. If it’s a client I think will be a pain to deal with, doesn’t have a clear vision or isn’t likely to become a regular client, I will charge more because I need to make it worth my while since I know it’s not likely to be an ongoing relationship or is going to cause me headaches. If I’m going to have to travel for the project I’ll raise my cost as well because flights and hotels aren’t free.

I’ve got no problem with a Neapolitan tailor saying “this guy lives down the street, he’s probably easy to deal with and he’ll probably come back and I can reuse the pattern and fittings” and charging less than the one random customer who flew in from wherever to try a suit and may never be back.
You keep bringing up travel to move the goalpost.

We are talking about a person who’s traveling to Naples, all fittings are done in Naples. Why should they pay more?

sure each body is slightly different. No issue with changing price for someone who takes an outrageous amount of fabric. But a 1500€—>3000€ difference is quite a bit.

I don’t even have an issue if that’s the reason (repeat customers), but that isn’t their reason.

I have friends in Italy who think it’s ridiculous & unfair. They tell me about it, I really never thought about it until they mentioned it. I didn’t realize how extravagant it was until they told me. Double, sometimes triple. Not merely a small increase. They tell me I’d be a fool for using a Naples tailor because of how much they pay for the same product.


I should add, not every tailor does this. I have no issue if a tailor charges 3000€ for a suit regardless of location. Its the discrimination I don’t like.
 
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I add 20% whenever I work with a certain client because they are such a pain to work with.
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Of course there are also the times when you intentionally bid too high trying to not get a project and they say yes and you’re left wondering how much more you should have asked for.
 

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That’s one thing I hate about Napoli, they charge different prices for locals vs foreigners.

For what it's worth, I'm a foreigner and I don't feel that the prices were hiked up for me. The more established the brand and fancy the interior of the tailor shop, the higher the prices got. That's to be expected.

By the way, I have heard of stories of local, long-term customers being exempted from price hikes, like some kind of "loyalty" program.

Having said all that. I'm sure there are some opportunists who see some foreign tourists as cash cows and take advantage. If they try it, just move on.
 

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Having said all that. I'm sure there are some opportunists who see some foreign tourists as cash cows and take advantage. If they try it, just move on.

That’s my only issue, I’ve heard too many stories, so I caution it with a word of warning for someone who is inexperienced in Napoli.

The more established the brand and fancy the interior of the tailor shop, the higher the prices got. That's to be expected.

How do you define established? Rubinacci, of course, is very expensive; same with Dalcuore. I wouldn’t necessarily call any of the houses that travel internationally cheap for that matter (even if done in Napoli).

Oh, and btw, for Napoli tailors, I’m not sure they even make a pattern until the second garment. In Napoli, they say they fit the body first before making a pattern.
 
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